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Why does Java not allow default function arguments ?

  Asked By: Maria    Date: Jun 08    Category: Java    Views: 1268
  

I asked this question in Sun's Java forum without success.
Here it is again:

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Why does Java not allow default function arguments ?
Was this a conscious decision made by the Java inventors ?
If so, why ? (I found that C# also does not allow default
arguments....is it bad ?)

I know that the same 'effect' can be achieve using
function overloading but I am interested as to why
this 'feature' was omitted from the language.
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Answer #1    Answered By: Dannon Jones     Answered On: Jun 08

I suppose they omitted it because it basically is a form of
method overloading  and would make it confusing ie.

void myTestMethod(int x,int y=1){}

is more confusing than:

void myTestMethod(int x){myTestMethod(x,0); }
void myTestMethod(int x,int y){}

 
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